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Health and Wellness Information Guide
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Health in the Library
How Health Items Are Classified
and Shelved at Thrall
Middetown Thrall Library's reference and circulating and collections contain a variety of items covering all aspects of health, medicine, nutrition, mental health, fitness, and wellness.

At Thrall, health is classified according to the numerical "Dewey Decimal System" and can be found in the "610s" sections of our nonfiction collections. To find them, just browse the nonfiction aisles until you reach the number 610.

Here is a general idea of how this area is arranged: It can be difficult to find information on certain health topics, so please feel free to stop by Reference so we can help you discover what items are available on your topics of interest.

Our Reference Department can be reached at (845) 341-5461 when the library is open.

You can also ask a librarian a question over the Internet at any time.

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Health & Wellness Explorer

Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Topics
in the Library Catalog


Click any topic in the columns below to browse materials available at Thrall or other libraries within the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

You can also search the library catalog for a very specific health topic:

Limit to: health health aspects no limit

(See also Health Reference Works at Thrall)

For more help, contact Reference or use our Ask a Librarian service


Please click here to browse Health and Fitness
eBooks and eAudiobooks in the RCLS library system.



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Databases & Virtual Reference Works
These are some of the many databases available to you as a member of Middletown Thrall Library:

Encyclopedia of Womens' Health
"The Encyclopedia of Women's Health, Sixth Edition covers the full range of women's health issues in clear, straightforward language. More than 1,100 A-to-Z entries offer up-to-date information on issues specific to women, as well as material on general health issues such as diet, exercise, and disease treatment."
Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health
"Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development."
Health Reference Center Academic
"Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers and health care professionals, Health Reference Center Academic integrates millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources with full-text reference works and hundreds of health-related multimedia."
Men's Health Concerns Sourcebook
"Basic consumer health information about wellness in men and gender-related differences in health, including facts about heart disease, cancer, traumatic injury, other leading causes of death in men, and more."
Salem Health: Magill's Medical Guide
"The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders."

Also be sure to explore our general research databases and complete encyclopedias for more information.

If at any point you would like some assistance, please call our librarians at 341-5461 or use our Ask a Librarian service

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Health Reference Works
Available at Thrall
Below you will find just a sampling of the many health reference titles available to you at Middletown Thrall Library.

Since these are "reference books" and cannot be borrowed, they are always available to researchers! (Hundreds of health books in our circulating collections can be checked out.)

Call numbers follow each title, indicating where you can find these items in our Reference shelves. A librarian can help you locate what you need!

Please select a topic scroll down this page to browse specific titles, or click here to explore major health topics in the library system catalog.

The Official ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) Directory of Board Certified Specialists
Call number: REF 610.25 AME (3 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Call number: REF 615.5 GAL (4 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence
Call number: REF 618.92003 GAL (4 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Call number: REF 616.89003 GAL (4 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders
Call number: REF 616.8003 GAL (2 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
Call number: REF 615.5 GAL (2 volumes)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
Call number: REF 616.003 GAL (5 volumes)
Magill's Medical Guide
Call number: REF 610.3 MAG (5 volumes)
PDR Nurse's Drug Handbook
Call number: REF 615.1 PDR (kept behind the Reference Desk: ask a librarian)
PDR for Herbal Medicines
Call number: REF 615.321 PDR
Physicians' Desk Reference: PDR
Call number: REF 615.025 PDR
Women's Health Concerns Sourcebook
Call number: REF 613.0424 WOM


Our Government Documents area (located near our magazine/periodical room) also provides a number of health documents, reports, studies, statistics, and more.

Information in this area are arranged alphabetically according to the government agency that published the information. The call numbers (known as "SuDoc numbers") start with letters from the agency.

In the "HE" section you will find information published by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

There are literally thousands of documents throughout this area, so we encourage you to come to Reference so we can help you find what you need.

You can click here to browse specific health topics in the library system catalog.



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Health Information Online
Alternative Medicine
About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC publishes this directory of herbal and alternative treatments with particular emphasis on their interactions with other treatments and medications.
Alternative Medicine: Evaluate Claims of Treatment Success
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Overview of CAM, links to specific conditions and alternative treatments, and more. Provided by MedLinePlus, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Musical Therapy
Therapeutical uses/values of music and types of therapies. From the American Music Therapy Association. See also their About page for these additional sections: Definition and Quotes about Music Therapy, Music Therapy in the Media (news clippings).
Healthfinder: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Browse alphabetically by topic by clicking on letters on the web page. From Healthfinder.gov.
MedlinePlus: Complementary and Alternative Medicine / Health News
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Government site sponsored by the National Institutes for Health has a section describing the domains of complementary and alternative medicine, a frequently asked questions section, and links to extensive research databases especially CAM Citation Index. NCCAM issues reports and a newsletter which are available full-text at the site.

See also these two sections in NCCAM:
Herbs at a Glance
"Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals-common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information."
Homeopathy
This National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine includes a good introduction to homeopathy.
Meditation: An Introduction
Sections include: Introduction, Key Points, Overview, Uses of Meditation for Health in the United States, Examples of Meditation Practices, How Meditation Might Work, Side Effects and Risks, If You Are Thinking About Using Meditation Practices, References.
ScienceDaily: Alternative Medicine News


See also: Pharmaceuticals, Research and Databases


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Directories


General

MedLine Plus Medical Directories
Very comprehensive listing includes physicians, dentists, healthcare facilities, hospitals and more.




Hospitals

Local area hospitals have websites describing their facilities, services and staff, as well as support groups, public health programs, and medical articles.

Local Hospital (Middletown, New York)
Orange Regional Medical Center


Nationwide Hospital Directories:
American Hospital Directory
Best Children's Hospitals
As published by US News and World Report
Best Hospitals Finder
As published by US News and World Report
Hospital Compare
From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The site includes information on hospitals, quality measures, your rights and more. May be searched using zip code, hospital name or other geographic limits.
New York State Hospital Profile
Maintained by the New York State Department of Health, this website provides the following information for each hospital in New York State: Available services, licensed beds, quality of care measures, volumes and types of procedures performed, and contact information. Consumers are able to use the "My Hospital" feature to compare hospitals.


Health Insurance

Affordable Care Act
Best Health Plans
As published by US News and World Report
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Health plans, prescription drugs, Medicare Coverage Database, statistics, regulations, outreach and education resources.
Child Health Plus (New York State)
"New York State has a health insurance plan for kids, called Child Health Plus. Depending on your family's income, your child may be eligible to join either Children's Medicaid or Child Health Plus . Both Children's Medicaid and Child Health Plus are available through dozens of providers throughout the state."
Health Insurance Information for Consumers
Also known as the Health Insurance Resource Center. From the New York State Department of Isurance. "The Health Insurance Resource Center is designed to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing health insurance for themselves and their families."
Health Insurance Programs in New York State
Provided by the New York State Insurance Department.
HealthCare.gov Insurance Finder
"Find Insurance Options and see which public, private and community programs meet your needs." Includes pricing information. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Information for Medicare Beneficiaries in New York State
Includes: "Medicare and You" guide, Medicare Supplement Insurers Information, rates tables, Prescription Drug Coverage, Supplement Coverage, Medicare Select. Provided by the New York State Insurance Department.
Medicaid in New York State
Provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Medicare
"The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare"
See also:

Medical Schools

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Medical Schools
"The AAMC represents all 137 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 59 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies."
Best Medical Schools
Rankings and list from U.S. News.


Organizations
The Joint Commission
Standards for each type of healthcare facility and agency. "Quality Check" feature allows a search for evaluations by region.
Medline Plus Organizations List
Lists reliable agencies, national organizations and clearinghouses for information on particular branches of medicine or particular medical conditions or diseases.
DirLine Directory of Health Organizations
Organizations which offer education, support and share research on a variety of health topics


Physicians / Doctors
AMA Doctor Finder (formerly AMA Physician Select)
Verify credentials by doctor's name or lists of physicians by specialty.
American Board of Medical Specialists
You may register to use this service to verify doctors by specialty.
New York State Physician Profile
"Profiles for all licensed doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who are registered to practice medicine in New York State."
Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline
By the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
The Top Physicians
List of "peer-selected physicians." Browse doctors by area of medical specilization. From New York magazine. See also "Who Decides Who Makes the Best Doctors List." Also available: Top Doctors: New York Metro Area in the library catalog.


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Diseases or Medical Conditions



All Conditions
(websites covering major health conditions)
All Easy To Read: Medline Plus
Links easy to read materials for the lay person on a variety of medical conditions and topics arranged alphabetically from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
IntelliHealth
The Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health page. Well-outlined by topic & searchable. Includes definitions, guides, treatments. "Ask the Expert" column is archived for answers to previous questions.
Mayo Clinic.com
Comprehensive health site from the Mayo Clinic. Searchable database with a glossary feature to help spell medical terminology. Information written for a general audience. Mayo doctors and dieticians will answer e-mail questions and users can search the archive of previously asked questions
Medline Plus
A user friendly version of the National Library of Medicine's Medline with a "carefully selected list of resources."
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): Disorder Index
An alphabetical list of neurological disorders and terms relating to strokes. Click each term for a definition and additional information on the topic. Provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NLM Gateway
This database is no longer available. You can individually browse or search for resources previously covered in NLM via the following websites:
Vaccines.gov
"Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan."

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AIDS & HIV
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome & Human Immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS.gov
"Information from the Federal government about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research, and using new media in response to HIV/AIDS." Sections include: Basic Information, Testing, Prevention and Education, Treatment and Care, News and Events, Blog / RSS Feed, Podcasts, Research, Funding Opportunities, Populations, Agencies and Programs, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Find an HIV Test Site, and more. Provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some features at this website require Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, or Apple Quicktime.
AIDS/HIV in New York State
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - HIV/AIDS
The CDC's HIV/AIDS page with information and links to awareness campaigns.
History of HIV-AIDS
Informative timeline from 1981 to 2008. Has not been updated recently. Printer friendly pages are not working (as of May 2009).
Medline Plus: AIDS
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more. Follow links in text or use these links for directories on AIDS and Pregnancy, AIDS and Infections, AIDS Medicines, and Living with AIDS.
New York City Department of Health - AIDS/HIV Prevention & Services
Ryan's Internet Cafe
Sponsored by the Catskill Regional Medical Center. HIV Specialty Care Center, The Recovery Center & the Health Info Library, with funding from the National Library of Medicine.The site includes slide shows on HIV/AIDS, mini-documentaries on HIV topics, safe sex questions and answers, and also includes a section on Local Resources, the Ryan White Network Bulletin Board.


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Allergies
Allergies and Pollen Count
Pollen forecasts from The Weather Channel. See also their Pollen Hot Spots page and Common Allergens / Allergy Triggers Map.
Allergies Health Center
Provided by WebMD.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
"Fast Facts" and "Public Education Materials" are two good sets of resources shared on this site along with recent news stories, links to support organizations and a patient referral service. A "Just For Kids" section is also posted, written for youngsters to navigate and understand.
Food Allergies: What You Need to Know
From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Adobe Reader PDF format. Also available in Spanish/espanol.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Includes information on food allergens, reactions, cleaning methods, lunch box suggestions, recipes, and more.
MedlinePlus: Allergy
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, multimedia, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
MedlinePlus: Food Allergy
Overview, news, prevention, and treatment information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


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Alzheimers
Alzheimer's Association
This national support organization has organized its website by audience: information for alzheimer's patients, caregivers, health professionals, researchers as well as general introductory information on understanding this disease.
Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center
A searchable site for publications, research and guidance on Alzheimer's Disease. Toll-free hotline or e-mail for direct questions.
The Alzheimer's Page
From the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri, this page is designed for families struggling with this disease. Extensive caregiver's section as well as research, and a fully indexed archive of the center's listserv discussions since 1994.
Alzheimers.gov
A government resource about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, it includes videos, treatment options, & community and other support services available.
Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer's Disease
Definitions, symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis, and more. Also includes an online slide show ("How Your Brain Works") and an Alzheimer's Blog.
Medline Plus: Alzheimer's Disease
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, patient resources, treatment options and much more.


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Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is a national health agency that is involved in researching the causes,cures, preventions, and treatments for more than 100 types of arthritis. The website includes tips for living with arthritis, information on juvenile arthritis, and a section on easy-to-use products.
Medline Plus: Arthritis
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, patient resources, treatment options and much more.


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Asthma
MedlinePlus: Asthma
Definition, overview, treatment information, news, and more. From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
Asthma and Indoor Air Quality
See links at left of this website for sections including: Frequently Asked Questions, Videos, Publications (e.g. Asthma Home Environment Checklist), and more. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
Information in English and Spanish. Click "Diseases 100" link on their page for specific sections on Childhood Asthma and Adult Asthma.
American Lung Association
Information, news, and research on asthma and related issues and health/environmental considerations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Asthma
Includes: Basics, Triggers, News, Statistics, Interventions, Publications, and Information for Health Professionals, Kids, and Parents.


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Autism
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Autism Information Center provides basic information on symptoms, causes and treatment. It is a good source for finding statistical information on autism in the U.S. and the information is available in Spanish and other languages.
Medline Plus: Autism
This website offers information from government and other health organizations. It includes a news and also a research section, and it includes sections written in Spanish, Russian and Somali.
Organization for Autism Research
Founded by parents and grandparents of autistic children, this site links to an online book, Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Research, and it includes current research and basic information for family, educators and professionals.


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Babesiosis
Babesiosis
Provides information on this tick-borne disease.


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Breast Cancer
Breastcancer.org
Information on all aspects of breast cancer. Includes opportunities to share with others with breast cancer.
Mayo Clinic: Breast Cancer Center
Nice overview of breast cancer including information on prevention, screening, and treatment.
Medline Plus: Breast Cancer
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Information for patients, survivors and co-survivors.
Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization
24-hour hotline, guides to local support groups. Includes section, "My First Steps."

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Cancer
American Cancer Society
Comprehensive site on all aspects of cancer awareness, treatment, researchand up-to-date news.
Medline Plus: Cancer
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
National Cancer Institute
Good site for news, advice, contacts and a "Science Behind The News" section explaining research in layman's terms.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Alliance of leading cancer centers offers news, research, patient guidelines, publications.


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Cardiovascular & Heart Disease
American Heart Association
An A-Z guide to heart disease and stroke; includes a self-test to check risk factors for coronary disease.
Medline Plus: Coronary Artery Disease
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
Medline Plus: Heart Diseases
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more. Other relevant topics from Medline Plus include Congenital Heart Defects, Heart Attack, Heart Disease in Women, Heart Valve Diseases, Heart Failure, Heart Surgery, and Heart Transplantation.
Medline Plus: Heart Diseases - Prevention
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
Medline Plus: Vascular Diseases
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.


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Common Cold
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Common Cold
Topics include: Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Preventing the Common Cold, and more.
MedlinePlus: Common Cold
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, patient resources, treatment options and much more.


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Sections include: What is COPD?, What causes COPD?, Who has COPD?, How can COPD be prevented?, How COPD is treated. From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
From U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Topics include: Causes, Who Is at Risk, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments, Prevention, Living With, Clinical Trials. From National Institutes of Health (NIH) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


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Depression
Depression
Over 40 articles covering different aspects of depression. From HealthFinder.gov and the National Health Information Center (NHIC).
Depression
"Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression." Information and news from U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
Depression
Topics include: What Is Depression?, What are the different forms of depression?, What are the signs and symptoms of depression?, What illnesses often co-exist with depression?, What causes depression?, How is depression diagnosed and treated?, and more. From National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Information also available in Spanish/espanol.
See also: Mental Health


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Diabetes
American Diabetes Association
Good site for the latest diabetes news & research summaries. It includes message boards, Enewsletters, nutrition & recipes, and information in Spanish.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
This site includes information from medical experts, a kids online section featuring pen pals, stories, etc., research news, and clinical trials.
Link for Life
Link for Life, starring Type 2 Lou, is an interactive program on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is very informative, including information on diabetes complications, medications, tests, good foods to eat, and it even includes a quiz at the end.
Medline Plus: Diabetes
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
A complete guide to diabetes care; it includes an introduction, treatments, complications, clinical trials, and information in Spanish.


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Eating Disorders
MedlinePlus: Eating Disorders
Overview, issues, news, and related articles.
National Eating Disorders Association
See their Information and Resources section for Eating Disorders Survival Guide and more.
National Institutes of Health (NIH): Eating Disorders

See also Nutrition


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Hearing Disorders
Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness
Topics include: Auditory Processing Disorder, Ear Infections in Children, Hearing Loss/Deafness, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, For New Parents, Communication Methods and Devices for People With Hearing Loss. From National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Hearing Aids
Overviews, news, and other information from U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
Hearing Disorders and Deafness
Overviews, news, symptoms, treatments, and more information from U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
Noisy Planet
"The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) sponsors It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing. This national public education campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). With this information, parents and other adults can encourage children to adopt healthy hearing habits before and during the time that they develop listening, leisure, and working habits."

See also Nutrition


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Infectious Diseases
Medline Plus: Infectious Diseases
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
Mayo Clinic: MRSA
Informative article which includes signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment and prevention.
Medline Plus: MRSA
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.


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Influenza (Flu) - Seasonal and Pandemic
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Seasonal Influenza / Flu
Includes: basics of flu, news, symptoms, information on vaccines and antiviral drugs, sections for health professionals and specific groups and parents.
Google Flu Trends
"Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems."
H1N1 and Influenza (Flu)
"Due to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza (formerly known as Swine Flu) and concerns about the 2009/2010 flu season, the EBSCO Publishing Medical and Nursing editors of DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center (NRC) and Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) have made key influenza information from these resources freely available to health care providers worldwide. The information is designed to inform patients and their families and provide information to clinicians to help them with H1N1 diagnosis and H1N1 treatment by making up-to-date diagnosis and treatment information available. The resources being made available will also provide up-to-date information about the H1N1 vaccine. The editorial teams will monitor the research and update these resources continuously throughout the flu season."
Medline: Influenza / Flu
Includes: Overviews, Latest News, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention/Screening.
Mayo Clinic: Influenza / Flu
Includes: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Complications, Treatments and drugs, Lifestyle and home remedies, Prevention.
Pandemic Issues: H1N1 / Swine Flu / Avian Influenza
News and information on AIDS/HIV, H1N1 / swine flu, avian influenza (bird flu) and other potential pandemic / epidemic awareness topics. From Middletown Thrall Library's Special Coverage Center.


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Leukemia
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
"The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services." Includes news and information for consumers and health professionals.
Mayo Clinic: Leukemia
Definitions, symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis, and more.
From MedlinePlus:
Leukemia, Adult Acute (AML, ANLL)
Leukemia, Adult Chronic (CLL, CML)
Leukemia, Childhood
National Cancer Institute: Leukemia
News, information, research, and articles on adult and childhood leukemia.
New York State Department of Health: Leukemia
Sections include: What should people know about leukemia?, Who gets leukemia?, What causes leukemia?, What can I do to reduce my chances of getting leukemia?


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Lung Cancer
American Lung Association: Lung Cancer
Definition and statistics. For up-to-date facts and reports about lung cancer, the latest in research news, and resources for health professionals, the American Lung Association is a widely recognized source of information.
Cancer.gov: Lung Cancer
Sections include: Definition, Treatment, Prevention / Genetics / Causes, Screening and Testing, Clinical Trials, Research and Related Information, Statistics.
Mayo Clinic: Lung Cancer
Sections include: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Tests and diagnosis, Complications, Treatments and drugs, Prevention, Coping and support, Alternative medicine.
Medline Plus: Lung Cancer
Sections include: Basics (Overviews, Latest News, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention/Screening), Disease Management, Specific Conditions and Related Issues, Tutorials, Videos, Research, Genetics, Dictionaries/Glossaries, Directories, Organizations, Statistics, and information for children and women. See also this page in the Medline Plus Encyclopedia


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Lyme Disease
American Lyme Disease Foundation
This website is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. The information is written in English and in Spanish.
Lyme Disease
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also their Tick-Borne Diseases page.
Lyme Research Alliance (formerly Time for Lyme, Inc.)
A non-profit organization, is a research, education and advocacy network. In collaboration with the Columbia University Medical Center, it opened the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Reseach Center.
Medline Plus: Lyme Disease
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, videos, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
Lyme Disease (Tick-Borne Borreliosis, Lyme arthritis)
From the New York State Department of Health.


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Multiple Sclerosis
Life with MS
Online Community from the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.
Medline Plus: Multiple Sclerosis
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, multimedia, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Includes information on MS treatments, research and local chapters.


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Muscular Dystrophy & ALS
Muscular Dystrophy
Definition, articles, and news. From MedlinePlus.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
"MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education."
What Should You Know about Muscular Dystrophy?
Facts, Treatments, Statistics, Research, and more. From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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Obesity - Adult, Childhood, Teen Obesity, Overweight Issues
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Overweight and Obesity Issues
Sections include: Introduction, Defining Overweight and Obesity, Obesity Trends, Contributing Factors, Health Consequences, Economic Consequences, Childhood Overweight and Obesity, Defining Childhood Overweight and Obesity, Obesity Prevalence, Contributing Factors, Consequences, References, State-Based Programs, About Us, Social-Ecological Model, Funded States, Program Guidance for States, State Stories, Tools and Resources, Recommendations, Resources.
Mayo Clinic: Obesity
Sections include: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Complications, Preparing for your appointment, Tests and diagnosis, Treatments and drugs, Lifestyle and home remedies, Alternative medicine, Coping and support, Prevention.
Mayo Clinic: Childhood Obsesity
Sections include: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Complications, Preparing for your appointment, Tests and diagnosis, Treatments and drugs, Lifestyle and home remedies, Alternative medicine, Coping and support, Prevention.
Medline Plus: Obesity
Sections include: Latest News, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention/Screening, Related Issues, Health Check Tools, Videos, Research Reference Shelf For You, Clinical Trials, Genetics, Research, Journal Articles, Dictionaries/Glossaries, Directories, Organizations, Newsletters/Print Publications, Statistics, For Children / Men / Women.
Medline Plus: Obesity in Children
Sections include: Basics (Overviews, Latest News, Treatment, Prevention/Screening), Nutrition, Specific Conditions and Related Issues, Health Check Tools, Research (Clinical Trials, Research, Journal Articles), Reference Shelf (Dictionaries/Glossaries, Directories, Organizations, Statistics), Information for Teenagers.
MedlinePlus: Weight Control
See also their article on Weight Loss Surgery
Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents
Information and advice from the New York State Department of Health.


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Parkinson's Disease
Mayo Clinic: Parkinson's Disease
Sections include: Definition, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Tests and Diagnosis, Complications, Treatments, and more.
MedlinePlus: Parkinson's Disease
Basics, overview, news, articles, issues, and research.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
News, articles on current and future research initiatives, a guide (Living with Parkinson's).
National Parkinson Foundation
News, research, and information about the disease. Includes a Glossary of related terms.
NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page
Sections include: What is Parkinson's Disease?, Is there any treatment?, What is the prognosis?, What research is being done?, Clinical Trials, Organizations, Related Publications / Publicaciones en Espanol. From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).


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Poison Ivy
Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
From MedlinePlus.
What Causes Poison Ivy?
From How Stuff Works.


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Pregnancy & Childbirth
Breastfeeding
Sections include: What are the benefits of breastfeeding?, What if I have trouble breastfeeding?, Are there cases in which it is better not to breastfeed?. Provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Breastfeeding
Topics included: Why Breastfeeding Is Important?, Learning to Breastfeed, Finding Support and Information, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, and Pumping and Milk Storage. Also available en espanol. From WomensHealth.gov, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health.
ChooseMyPlate.gov: Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women
"When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. This site is designed just for you. It has advice you need to help you and your baby stay healthy." Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CDC Health Topic: Pregnancy
Sections include: Ectopic Pregnancy, Genetic Testing, Maternal and Infant Health, Parvovirus B19 Infection and Pregnancy, Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Pregnancy Tips A-Z, Smoking and Pregnancy, STDs and Pregnancy, Teens/Adolescents and Pregnancy, Unintended Pregnancy, Vaccinations and Pregnancy, Violence and Pregnancy. From the Safer, Healthier People Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Depression During and After Pregnancy
Provided by the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Healthy Pregnancy
Sections include: Trying to Get Pregnant?, Pregnancy, Environment, Getting Ready for Baby, Childbirth and Beyond, Mom-to-be Tools, Adoption and Foster Care, Recursos en espanol. From the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MedlinePlus: Breastfeeding / Lactation / Nursing
Definition, research, nutritional information, related resources.
MedlinePlus: Pregnancy Information
This MedlinePlus site contains current health information on all aspects of pregnancy. It includes health-check tools, financial issues, journal articles, atlases of the body, medical terms to know, law and policy, physician directories and includes links to other organizations such as the American Pregnancy Association. Some information is available in Spanish.

See also these related MedlinePlus pages for more information:
Childbirth
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Genetics and Birth Defects
High Risk Pregnancy
Infant and Newborn / Baby Care
Infections and Pregnancy
Postpartum Care
Postpartum Depression
Preconception Care
Pregnancy and Substance Abuse
Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriages, Spontaneous Abortions, Stillbirths)
Premature Babies
Prenatal Testing
Twins, Triplets, Multiple Births
Pregnancy - Information from the FDA Office of Women's Health (OWH)
Information about Pregnancy and Drugs, Food, Safety, Nutrition, Screening, Reproductive Science.
What is Pregnancy?
Introductory information. Sections include: What are the signs of pregnancy?, How do I know if I'm pregnant?, What is prenatal care and why is it important?, What is a high-risk pregnancy?, Where can I get more information about pregnancy? Provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. National Institutes of Health.


See also: Women's Health


Vision Disorders & Eye Care
Blindness and Vision Disorders
Overview, news, and other information from U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
National Eye Institute (NEI): Eye Health Information (A-Z Diseases and Disorders)
Topics include: Basic Eye Anatomy, Cataracts, Corneal Disease, Dry Eye, Eye Care Resources, Finding an Eye Care Professional, Glaucoma, a Glossary of Vision-Related Terms, Low Vision, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachment, Retinal Disease, and Spanish-language Information. From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


See also: Women's Health


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Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness Blogs
The Checkup
From The Washington Post.
Harvard Health Blog
From Harvard Medical School.
Health and Wellness Blog
From Middletown Thrall Library.
Health Blog
From Consumer Reports.
Health Blog
From The Wall Street Journal.
Healthland
From TIME.
Public Health Matters Blog
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Shots
From National Public Radio (NPR).
Well Blog
From The New York Times.


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General
Everyday Health
"Everyday Health is happy to announce that we've joined forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring you useful and timely information on food and drug safety, medical devices, health conditions, and more."
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
Topics include: Antibiotic use and abuse, The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance, Fast Facts, and more. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also their Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) page.
Health & Wellness News Sources & Headlines
Health Calculators
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides "health calculators" so people can "evaluate health and lifestyle choices." Topics include nutrition, Body Mass Index (BMI), smoking, diseases and conditions, and more.
Healthfinder.gov
Government index to health resources. Site description: "Healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public." Includes information on Medicaid, Medicare publications, fraud and abuse, managed care and contact information.
Medline Plus
A user friendly version of the National Library of Medicine's Medline with a "carefully selected list of resources."


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Family Resources
Family of Heroes
Sponsored by the VA of NY/NJ Healthcare Network, this is a free one hour training simulation to help veterans and their families cope with problems returning to civilian life such as suicide and PTSD.


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Fitness
American Council on Excercise
Over 100 "Fit Facts," one to two page information sheets are available on various health and fitness topics.
American Heart Association: Physical Activity - Get Moving!
Information concerning physical activities and improving health.
Fitness.gov
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. "Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN acts as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities."
Fitness and Nutrition
"Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand. Once you learn the basics, you'll find that eating healthy and staying active isn't hard at all." From WomensHealth.gov. See also their Physical Activity Fact Sheet.
Go4Life
"Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign." From the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Healthfinder.gov - Quick Guide to Healthy Living: Get Active
Basics and benefits of physical fitness. From the U.S. National Health Information Center (NHIC).
Let's Move
"Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active."
Medline Plus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, multimedia, patient resources, treatment options and much more.
MedlinePlus: Sports Fitness
Basics, overview, news, issues, article, and more.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: Tips for Getting Active
NIH Senior Health: Benefits of Exercise
Information for seniors. From the National Institute on Aging. See also their How to Stay Active page.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
"The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) provide science-based guidance to help Americans age 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity. Developed with health professionals and policymakers in mind, the Guidelines can help you: understand the health benefits of physical activity, learn about the types and amounts of physical activity you need for health, choose appropriate physical activities that fit into any lifestyle or routine, help others be more physically active, and learn ways to reduce the risks of activity-related injury." From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Physical Activity Topics
Sections include: Physical Activity for Everyone, Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults, Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight, For Health Professionals. Provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The President's Challenge
"The President's Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President's Challenge can help motivate you to improve."
Weight Loss and Fitness
"Find out how to evaluate weight loss and fitness claims before you buy products or services that claim to make it fast or easy to slim down or shape up." Topics include: Weighing the Claims in Diet Ads, Joining a Gym, Tips for Buying Exercise Equipment. From the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


See also Nutrition


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Mental Health
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Includes Facts for Families Sheets in many languages and covers loss of pets to teenager stress.
American Psychological Association
Includes information on topics such as addictions, anger, depression, stress, trauma, etc.
American Psychological Association Help Center
This site includes information on mind/body health and helps to locate a psychologist.
Encyclopedia of Psychology
A nicely organized gateway site maintained by Jacksonville State University. Biologicial and Environmental Behavior Factors, Theories, History, Resources, Organizations, Publications and Career information.
Medline Plus: Mental Health and Behavior Topics
Directory of numerous mental health topics in Medline Plus. Each topic includes links to breaking news, patient resources, treatment options and much more.

See also these related articles from Medline Plus:
Mental Health - Overview
Child Mental Health
Developmental Disabilities
Personality Disorders
Phobias
Stress
Teen Mental Health
Mental Health America
Includes info in three sections: by audience, by issue, and by disorders and treatments. FAQs are part of the website, as well as a Help section.
Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Services include a 24 hour helpline/rapeline, programs, support groups, eating disorders and volunteer opportunities.
The Mind Body Medical Institute
This site has information on stress management, positive thinking, exercise and nutrition.
National Institute of Mental Health
Provides information on specific mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment. Reports on news and current events and research activities including grant programs.
Orange County System of Care
"We have developed a one-stop, single 'pathway to care' for children and youth with serious mental health needs, and their families."
Psych Central
Moderated by a professional psychologist, this is a directory of mailing lists, newsgroups and chats in areas of mental health. Also charts symptoms and treatments of specific mental disorders and offers self-quizzes on mental health. The author, Dr. John Grohol, published the popular book Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources in the Thrall Library reference area: Ref 025.0692 Gro
Psychology and Mental Wellness News
Psychology Self-Help Resources
Georgia Southern University has long maintained this popular online guide to mental health. Extensive links for various mental conditions arranged alphabetically.


See also:


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Nutrition
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association)
"The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy." This site contains Nutrition Fact Sheets, highlights from the Journal (only abstracts are free), position papers, Find a Registered Dietician, and articles and links to related topics.
ChooseMyPlate.gov
"The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives: 1. Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and 2. Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics. The Center's core projects to support its objectives are the following: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid), Healthy Eating Index, U.S. Food Plans, Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply, Expenditures on Children by Families."
Dietary Guidelines
Jointly developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services in 2000.
Food and Nutrition Information Center
FNIC's mission, since 1971, has been to collect and disseminate information about food and human nutrition.
Friedman Nutrition Notes
A bi-monthly news service from Tufts University, one of the leaders in nutrition research.
Fruits & Veggies Matter
Described as "a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help spread the word about the health benefits of adding more fruits and veggetables to your diet." Includes a Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database, Nut Nutrition, and more.
Martindale's Virtual Nutrition Center
Surprising variety of nutritional information including scientific data on food groups, food allergies, food law. labelling and safety, preservation and additives and nutritional recipes from around the world. Also has interesting calculators for body mass, longevity, basal metabolism, calories and fats.
Medline Plus: Nutrition
Directory of excellent links from the National Institute of Health. Includes links to breaking news, research, videos, tracking tools and much more.

See also these related MedlinePlus pages:
Diets
Food and Nutrition
Nutrition for Seniors
Vegetarians and Diets
Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter
From one of the leading universities doing nutrition research, this publication written for the layman shares a two-year archive of its research articles indexed by topic.
Weight Control
The National Institutes of Health outlines and reports on various topics on diet and weight control and links to government research and statistics.


See also Fitness


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Regenerative Medicine
Bioprinting
The Medical University of South Carolina defines bioprinting as a computer-aided, automatic, layer-by-layer deposition, transfer, and patterning of biologically relevant materials and the website includes illustrations, projects,publication, news, etc.
Journal of Stemcells & Regenerative Medicine
This journal covers areas of research, translational work and clinical studies in regenerative medicine.
Regenerative Medicine
The website of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine provides information on regenerative medicine and its uses. It includes news and research, podcasts, etc.
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
This institute was first in the world to engineer laboratory-grown organs that were successfully implanted into humans, and their website includes research, news and facts.


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Children's and Teen's Health
Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health
"Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development. Covers every major body system, arranged into five main entry types: Diseases & Disorders; Development; Immunizations; Drugs; Procedures. There is a distinct emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four. Written in nontechnical language for parents and allied health students."
Center for Young Women's Health
"The Center for Young Women's Health (CYWH) is a collaboration between the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Children's Hospital Boston. The Center is an educational entity that exists to provide teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information."
GirlsHealth.gov
"This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home." From the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Women's Health
KidsHealth
"The award-winning KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children's health." Excellent website with individual sections for parents, children and teens.
MedlinePlus: Child & Teen Topics (select topics below)
Articles, directory of links to authoritative information, and more from the National Institutes of Health.
Child Development
Covers all aspects of child development from ages six to twelve.
Infant and Newborn Care
Covers all aspects of infant care.
Infant and Toddler Health
Growth and development, immunizations, and specific conditions.
Teen Health
Covers many health issues important to adolescents like body image, driving safety, substance abuse, and proper nutrition.
Toilet Training
Toilet training, bed wetting, and related issues.


See also these related topics in MedlinePlus:

Infants and children's topics:

Teens / young adult issues:


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Men's Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Men's Health
Statistics and information concerning men's heath.
Mayo Clinic: Men's Health
Information on staying healthy including resources on men's sexual health.
MedlinePlus: Men
Health topics from MedlinePlus of interest to men.
MedlinePlus: Men's Health
Directory of links from the National Institute of Health concerning men's health. Includes links to news and information on specific conditions.
Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age - Your Checklist for Health
From the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
National Institutes of Health: Men's Health Topics and Issues
Publications, resources, and contact information provided by various NIH agencies.
Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men
From the National Institute of Cancer, this booklet helps to explain prostate changes that occur with age.


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Seniors' Health & Aging
AARP: Health
Health news and information from AARP.
Healthy Aging for Older Adults
News, articles, tips, and more from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Medline Plus: Seniors' Health
An authoritative directory of information from the National Institutes of Health.
NIH: Senior Health
Health and wellness information for older adults.
Medicare
"The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare"
National Institute on Aging
Sections include: News, Publications, Clinical Trials, Alzheimer's Disease Information, Health and Aging Organizations, Caregiving, Healthy Aging, and Research. Some information is also available in Spanish.


See also: Alzheimers, Nutrition


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Women's Heath
FDA: Women's Health
Information and news on medicines, cosmetics, pregnancy kits, and other items. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
HealthFinder.gov: Women's Health
Information and news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
healthywomen.org: National Women's Health Resource Center
The National Women's Health Resource Center has developed informative content on many health topics of interest to women.
Mayo Clinic: Women's Health
From the basics to advanced topics. Includes news, articles, and more.
Medline Plus: Women
Health topics included in Medline Plus of importance to women including fertility, infertility and other aspects of reproductive health.
Medline Plus: Women's Health
Excellent set of links from the National Institutes of Health.
New York State Department of Health: Women's Health Issues
Topics include: pregnancy, birth, specific health issues, providers, and more.
OBGYN.net: The Universe of Women's Health
Includes links to information on reproductive health and obstetrical and gynecological conditions and procedures.
Women's Health
News and articles on health, safety, and quality of life. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also CDC's WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) website.
Women's Health Center
Women's health news and articles. Includes videos, quizzes, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), and interactive pages. From WebMD
Women's Health Magazine
Articles and news on women's health. Topics include fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and yoga.
WomensHealth.gov
The federal government's source on women's health. Includes statistics and health tools like BMI calculators, how to guides and screening and information on diagnostic tests.
World Health Organization (WHO): Women's Health
Fact sheets, regional health issues, statistics, and other international information and news.


See also: Breast Cancer and Pregnancy & Childbirth



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History - Digital Archives, Historical Documents, Texts, & Images
The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918 - 1919: A Digital Encyclopedia
"This project, which was launched in 2012, was an undertaking by the Center for the History of Medicine to create an original, open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States. This virtual collection includes approximately 50,000 pages of original materials that document the experiences of diverse communities in the United States in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of approximately 675,000 Americans." From the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine.
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics
"This online collection offers important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today and contributes to the understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of diseases." From Harvard University Library.
Cushing / Whitney Medical Library
Includes Medical Instruments and Artifacts, Historical Medical Poster Collection, and more. From Yale University.
The MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations
From University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
Medical Heritage Library
"The Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital curation collaborative among some of the world's leading medical libraries, promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Our goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL's growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number in the tens of thousands, with representative works from each of the past six centuries, all of which are available here through the Internet Archive."
From the National Library of Medicine's Digital Projects:
Cholera Online
"The National Library of Medicine has digitized 518 English language monographs dating from 1817 to 1900 dealing with the cholera pandemics of that period."
Films and Videos
Includes: The Public Health Film Goes to War ("a curated collection of World War II-era health films") and more. Scroll down NLM's page for their Digital Collections of videos.
Greek Medicine
"Many foundations of modern Western medicine lie in Classical Greece, from about 800 B.C.E. to about 200 C.E."
Historical Anatomies on the Web
"Historical Anatomies on the Web is a digital project designed to give Internet users access to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection. The project offers selected images from NLM's atlas collection, not the entire books, with an emphasis on images and not texts. Atlases and images are selected primarily for their historical and artistic significance, with priority placed upon the earliest and/or the best edition of a work in NLM's possession."
Images from the History of Medicine
"Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century."
Images From the History of the Public Health Service
Medicine in the Americas 1610-1920
"Medicine in the Americas 1610-1920 features American medical books made possible in part through NLM's participation in the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among the world's leading medical libraries."
Pick Your Poison
"Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change."
Shakespeare and the Four Humors
"The language of the four humors pervades William Shakespeare's plays, and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined."
Turning The Pages
Includes the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal, Andrew Snape's Anatomy of an Horse, al-Qazwini's Wonders of Creation, Hanaoka Seishu's Surgical Casebook, Robert Hooke's Micrographia, and more.
Nursing, History and Health Care
"This unique site serves as a source of historical background information on issues regarding the nursing profession and the provision of nursing care. It addresses a wide range of topics critical to comprehending and broadening our understanding of health care and nursing concerns, including the role of professional nurses, nurse shortages, workplace problems and public health issues. This site aims to provide access to information that can be used by practitioners, researchers, educators, policymakers and consumers of health care to gain perspective on health care issues in general and nursing in particular by developing the historical context in which nursing developed as a profession and an occupation and also to increase awareness of the nursing profession's contributions to health care in the United States." From the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.
Project Gutenberg: Medicine Bookshelf
Contains eBooks of various historical works (e.g. Notes on Nursing - Florence Nightingale), the medicine of antiquity, and more.
Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics
"An online research resource for the history of genetics, including digitised books and archives from the Wellcome Library and partner institutions."
Wellcome Images
"Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Whether it's medicine or magic, the sacred or the profane, science or satire - you'll find more than you expect. This unrivalled collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more. The Biomedical Collection holds over 40,000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences. Selected from the UK's leading teaching hospitals and research institutions, it covers disease, surgery, general healthcare, sciences from genetics to neuroscience including the full range of imaging techniques."
Women Physicians 1850s-1970s
"This collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, college records, images, diaries, publications and ephemera documenting the history of women physicians beginning with the first medical school for women, Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP). Founded in 1850, WMCP trained thousands of women physicians who practiced in all parts of the world, and provided rare opportunities for women to teach, practice, perform research and manage a medical school. WMCP was also a long time refuge for women students and faculty who faced quotas and discrimination elsewhere. The materials are divided into five subject areas: The early years of the college, 1850-1870; Student life, academic life and student culture, 1870-1920; Racial and ethnic diversity among women physicians, 1867 to 1960; Missionary and public health work, at home and abroad, 1890-1960; Medical women in the military, 1863-1945." From Drexel University's College of Medicine.


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Medical Tests
Guide to Diagnostic Tests
"What do you have to do to prepare for a MRI? Will having a liver biopsy be painful? Will I need to do anything special afterward? How soon will it be safe to go home after a cardiac catheterization and what are the risks? How soon will the results of that antibody test be back? " Answers from Harvard Medical School
Lab Tests Online
A thorough online reference guide to tests prescribed by doctors for health assessment.
Medline Plus: Diagnostic Tests
Directory of tests covered in Medlines Health Topics. Each entry includes links to authoritative information.
Medline Plus: Laboratory Tests
Laboratory tests check a sample of your blood, urine or body tissues. This directory from the National Institute of Health contains links to information on laboratory tests.


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News & Journals


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Health & Wellness News Sources & Headlines
Alltop: Top Health News
Health news headlines from various health news.
Centers for Disease Control "Newsroom"
From the U.S. government health agency frequent postings of medical news. Includes a weekly influenza report.
CNN (Cable News Network) Health
Daily news summaries with links to full story text. Useful features for conditions, home treatments and a question and answer forum are found by scrolling down the right sidebar to the "Research" section.
Current Interests: Health, Safety, and Fitness News Sites
Directory provided by Middletown Thrall Library.
Health, Food, & Nutrition Blog
Information, news, advisories, and other information on the web and in the library. Provided by Middletown Thrall Library.
Healthfinder.gov: Health / Medical News and Weekly Newsletters
Newsletter topics include: Allergy and Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Diet and Fitness, General, Heart Disease, Kids, Men, Pain and Arthritis, Family Health and Relationships, Seniors, Women.
Kaiser Health News
"Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN's mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace."
MedlinePlus: News by Health Topic
National Institutes of Health (NIH) News
Medical research, treatments, studies, and other related health news from NIH. See also their News in Health newsletter and NIH Radio site.
The New York Times: Health, Fitness, and Wellness News
Reuters Health
Daily news feed of 25-30 stories in each of three categories for consumers, for health professionals and for the health industry. All articles are given with original sources noted.
Times Herald-Record: Health Section
News and articles.
Tips for Understanding Popular Medical Information
From the Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network. Sections include: Consumer's Guide to Taking Charge of Medical Information, Deciphering Medspeak, HealthNewsReviews, Interpreting News on Diet and Nutrition, Understanding Risk: What Do Those Headlines Really Mean.
WebMD Health News Center
World Health News
From the Harvard School of Public Health this online newsletter is updated weekly on Wednesdays. 50-60 articles per issue on wide variety of health topics.
Yahoo! Health News Headlines



Journals
Alternative Health Medical Journals and Related Publications
Directory of online complementary/alternative medicine provided by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association
Official JAMA home page. Full text articles archived, back issues (to 1998), health alerts via e-mail. Full text of articles are not available for the fist six months after publication in the print version. Middletown Thrall Library does subscribe to the print version of JAMA.
New England Journal of Medicine On-line
"A weekly journal reporting the results of important medical research worldwide." Offers searchable back-issues, updates via e-mail, classified ads and more.
PubMed
A layperson's interface to the massive Medline database of peer-reviewed medical literature
NLM Gateway


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Pharmaceuticals
Free and Low Cost Prescription Medication Programs
NeedyMeds
"NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can't afford medications and healthcare costs."
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
"The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines by matching them with the right assistance programs. Many will get their medications free or nearly free."
RxAssist
"Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place."
RxHope
"RxHope is exactly what its name implies...a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help."
SSA: Understanding the Extra Help with Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
This PDF document explains the Extra Help Plan provided by Social Security to qualified participants.
Consumer Guide: Health.


General Information
DrugDigest
"DrugDigest is a noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options." Allows users to check two or more drugs for potential interactions. "*Note: Not all drug interactions are known or reported in the literature, and new drug interactions are continually being reported. This information is provided only for your education and for you to discuss with your personal healthcare provider."
Drugs Database - prescription and non-prescription
A web site for drug information arranged alphabetically or by drug category. Also searchable by brand and by medical condition. Includes pill identification feature for finding a drug by its appearance.
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Reports on all the prescription and over-the-counter medications regulated by this government agency.
FDA: Drug Information Pathfinder
A guide for finding information on drugs / medicine / medication at the FDA website.
Herbs and Supplements
The National Library of Medicine links to this site of descriptions of herbal and natural remedies and supplements. This website is published by Natural Standard, an international research consortium.
Herbs at a Glance
"Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals - common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information." From National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health.
Medline Plus Drug Information
From the National Library of Medicine this is an extensive database of over 9,000 prescription medications.
NeedyMeds
Provides information on Patient Assistance Programs offered by drug manufacturers to help patients get their medicines either for free or at a lower cost. Also includes a searchable list of free clinics.
Prescription Drug Prices in New York State
By entering a drug name and a location in New York, you can compare recent prices for that prescription. From the New York State Department of Health.
University of Miami's Pharmacology and Toxicology Page
Very extensive list of links to internet sites for drug information for every level of researcher from student and general consumer to professional health care practitioner or scientist.


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Ratings & Reviews
HealthGrades
Described as a "health care ratings organization providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals."
Hospitals
Health Insurance Plans
Physicians / Doctors / Specialists


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Research
Critical Thinking - Evaluating Health Information
Evaluating Health Information
"Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?" From MedLinePlus / U.S. National Library of Medicine. See also MedLinePlus' Health Web Surfing page.
How To Evaluate Health Information on the Internet
From the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.
Insight
Described as "an analytics product offering healthcare providers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies and industry analysts a population-level perspective on key clinical trends. Based on Practice Fusion's nationwide electronic medical record (EMR) platform covering 64 million patients, Insight draws from the most robust and comprehensive clinical dataset available, providing partners unprecedented insight into the healthcare landscape. With real-time data covering diagnoses, prescribing behaviors, patient demographics and more, partners interested in improving public health outcomes can get access to information that would otherwise take months to collect, often from disparate sources."
MedlinePlus: Understanding Medical Research
Concise critical thinking tips and questions to consider when evaluating news reports and health studies. Scroll down their page for additional information and links tor related resources.
Understanding Risk: What Do Those Headlines Really Mean?
Advisory concerning health / medical findings and research studies reported by the media. National Institute on Aging Information Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health.
A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
Provided by the Medical Library Association (MLA).
Please see also our general Critical Thinking Skills guide.


Other Research Resources
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
This site is posted by a division of the federal Dept. of Health & Human Services. User may search or browse by topics or review recent health care news for consumers or for clinical practitioners. Includes an archive of past research articles. Shares findings of recent surveys. Offers a Spanish language translation.
American Council on Science and Health
Founded by physicians and scientists in 1978, this consumer education consortium reviews and often challenges published articles on medical topics like disease, nutrition and environment.
Clinical Trials
Sponsored by the federal National Institutes of Health, this site's mission is to provide patients, families and the general public information about clinical research studies. Its search function can be focused by disease, treatment, location or sponsor or can be browsed alphabetically by condition or disease.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Human Health Research Program
"The Human Health Research Program at EPA is an integrated, multidisciplinary research program that provides the science needed to improve the ability to assess risks to human health from environmental pollutants."
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Science and Research Activities
MedlinePlus: Clinical Trials
Basics, overview, news, research, related resources.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
News, studies, and related biotech information. Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Research
"NCCAM conducts research on a wide variety of CAM approaches. Learn more about the results of our research."
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Clinical Research and Clinical Trials
News, publications. See also their general Research Page.
NLM Gateway
PubMed
Provides free search service with access to over 10 million citations in MEDLINE & PreMEDLINE with links to participating online journals.


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Terminology
Diagnosis Dictionary
Mental health and popular psychological terms, definitions of personality disorders and diseases. Browse alphabetically, by disorder, or by topic. From Psychology Today.
KidsHealth: A Glossary of Medical Words
"Symptoms, inhaler, tonsillectomy - what do all those medical words mean? Check out our virtual glossary for lots of easy-to-read definitions."
Medical Encyclopedia from Medline
Searchable online medical encyclopedia. Search box appears in top left corner.
Merck Manual Home Edition
Popular medical reference handbook.
Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary
Choose between simple and advanced search features.
Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
"This tutorial teaches you about medical words. You'll learn about how to put together parts of medical words. You'll also find quizzes to see what you've learned." Adobe Flash required.


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Bioethics - Medical Ethics and Issues
The American Journal of Bioethics
"The mission of The American Journal of Bioethics and bioethics.net is to provide the clinical, legal, academic, scientific, religious and broad community-at-large with a rapid but comprehensive debate of issues in bioethics."
Bioethics Information Resources
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Topics include: Advance Directives, Birth Control, Birth Defects, Clinical Trials, Cloning, Depression, End of Life Issues, Genes and Gene Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Genetic Testing, Health Fraud, Hospice Care, Infertility, Nutritional Support, Organ Donation, Organ Transplantation, Patient Rights, Patient Safety, Personal Medical Records, Prenatal Testing, Psychotic Disorders, Schizophrenia, Suicide, Stem Cells.
Genome.gov: Online Bioethics Resources
Genomics, gene testing, and related issues.
Middletown Thrall Library / RCLS Library Catalog: Materials about Bioethics
Books, videos, and other materials within the library system.
National Institutes of Health (NIH): Bioethics Resources on the Web
"The listed resources provide background information and various positions on issues in bioethics."


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Blood Donors, Blood Donations, & Bone Marrow
Blood Transfusion and Donation
Information and articles on blood donors/donating from MedlinePlus.
Blood Types
From the American Red Cross.
Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Donation and Transplantation
Transplact Resources; Donor Information, Cord Blood Information; Research, Data and Outcomes. From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Donating Blood
Topics include: Why Donate Blood?, Eligibility Requirements, Donation Process, Tips for a Successful Donation, Donation FAQs, Types of Donations, First Time Donors, Blood Donor Community. From American Red Cross.
56 Facts About Blood and Blood Donation
From The Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Have You Given Blood Lately?
Topics include: The Process of Donating Blood, Blood Safety. From the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How Blood Works
Includes information on blood donors/donations. From How Stuff Works.
New York Blood Center
Described as the "nation's largest community-based, non-profit, independent blood center." Includes information for potential blood donors, bone marrow transplants, and more.


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Consumer Health
Consumer Information: Health
Directory from Middletown Thrall Library.


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Dentistry
Oral Health Resources
From the Academy of General Dentistry an A-Z index of articles on conditions and dental health advice.
Simple Steps to Better Dental Health
From Columbia University, this site details many dental conditions and treatments. Alphabetical listing or searchable by keyword.


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Disabilities
ADA Home Page: Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
Includes policies and related enforcement information, laws, specialized consumer topics (Guide to Disability Rights Laws, ADA Questions and Answers, ADA Designated Investigative Agencies, ADA Mediation Program), and more. Provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Government agency that provides free information on the Americans With Disabilities Act requirements and compliance requirements
The Boulevard
Resource directory of disability products and services for the disabled, elderly, caregiver and healthcare professional.
Developmental Disabilities
Covers topics such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, Vision Impairment. Additiona sections include: Monitoring Developmental Disabilities, Research about Developmental Disabilities, Prevention of Developmental Disabilities, Educational Materials, Developmental Disability Data Sets. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Disability and Health in New York State
Sections include: Information on Disability Benefits, On the Job Injuries, Disability Data and Statistics, Fit for Life, A Parent's Guide for Children with Special Needs, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Care at Home: A Handbook for Parents. Provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Disability FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about Laws, Guidelines, and Services
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports a variety of service and advocacy programs for persons with disabilities as a part of a government-wide approach."
Disability.gov
"DisabilityInfo.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with quick and easy access to the information they need. DisabilityInfo.gov is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with 21 other federal agencies."
MedlinePlus: Disabilities
Sections include: Overviews, News, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Nutrition, Related Issues, Research, Financial Issues, Clinical Trials, Journal Articles, Dictionaries/Glossaries, Directories, Organizations, Law and Policy, Statistics, and more. Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
National Rehabilitation Information Center
Good gateway to data and research on a list of 97 disability categories

See also the Disabilities category in our New York State guide as well as the Disabilities category in our Ready Reference guide.


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Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Environmental Health
Sections include: Health and Your Environment (Air Quality, Asbestos, Asthma, Biomonitoring, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Climate Change, Cruise Ship Health, Extreme Weather Conditions, Health Studies, Healthy Places, Mold, Natural Disasters, Protect Yourself from the Sun, Radiation Studies, Rodent Control, Smoking and Tobacco Use, Water), Toxic Substances and Your Environment (Chemical Agent Briefing Sheets, Hazardous Waste Sites, Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents, Minimal Risk Levels, Public Health Assessments and Health Consultations, Toxic Substances FAQs, ToxGuides, Toxicological Profiles), Education and Training (Case Studies in Environmental Medicine, Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, Recognition of Illness Associated with Chemical Exposure), Toxicology Curriculum, Publications, Campaigns and Programs, Data and Statistics.
Food Service Establishment Last Inspection
Database of restaurants and public locations with food service facilities. Includes latest inspection date, violations found, address, and permit holder (owner). Allows filtering by name, county, city, and address. For example you can find all food establishments in Middletown or Orange County.
Health & Safety in the Home, Workplace and Outdoors
Topics include: Air Quality, Chemicals, Children's Health and Safety, Drinking Water, Emergency Preparedness, Health and Safety Indoors / Outdoors / in the Workplace, Lead Exposure / Poisoning, Pests and Pesticides, Radon, Radiological Health, Tobacco Control and Prevention, Community and Research Investigations and Advisories. Also includes the Center for Environmental Health Directory. From New York State Department of Health, Center for Environmental Health.
MedlinePlus: Environmental Health
Basics, overview, news, articles, issues, and research.
MedlinePlus: Poisoning, Toxicology, Environmental Health
Basics, overview, news, articles, issues, and research.
National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
Environmental health topics and publications. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
"The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease." Includes a guide to environment health topics.
World Health Organization (WHO): Environmental Health
Studies, statistics, international information, and more.

See also the Health section of our Going Green: Sustainable Living guide.


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First Aid
Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Recommendations on creating an emergency first aid kit from the American National Red Cross.
First Aid
From MedlinePlus.
Heart Rescue Now: Save-A-Life Simulator
This website demonstrates what to do in case of a sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). From The HeartRescue Project / Medtronic Foundation.
Mayo Clinic First Aid Guide
Over 50 categories of emergency situations/conditions. Describes each life or health-threatening condition and what to do.
Medline Plus: CPR
Includes links to videos demonstrating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Directory of known hazardous chemicals with description of first aid protocols as well as prevention and protection advice for each.
Poison Control Centers
Nationwide listing, arranged geographically, of poison control centers and 24-hour help hotlines as well as general advice on poison control.


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Health Care Reform Affordable Care Act Resources

Featured Government Resources
New York State:
New York State of Health (The New York Health Benefit Exchange)
"The Official Health Plan Marketplace for New York State." This website offers information for individuals, families, small businesses, and stakeholders.

Also includes information on In Person Assistors (IPAs) / Navigators, Certified Application Counselor (CACs), Certified Brokers, and Authorized Representatives.

From NYSoH: "An Exchange is an organized marketplace designed to help people shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage. Individuals, families and small businesses will be able to use the Exchange to help them compare commercial insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage online, in person, over the phone or by mail. The Exchange will also help people to check their eligibility for health care programs like Medicaid and sign up for these programs if they are eligible. The Exchange will also be able to tell what type of financial assistance is available to applicants to help them afford health insurance purchased through NY State of Health." From the New York State Department of Health.

Telephone assistance available in en Español or other languages:
  • 1-855-355-5777 (toll free)
  • TTY 1-800-662-1220
Federal Health Care Reform Implementation in New York State
From the New York State Department of Health.
HealthCare.gov
Note to New Yorkers from HealthCare.gov: "If you live in New York, New York State of Health is the Health Insurance Marketplace to serve you. Instead of HealthCare.gov, you'll use the New York State of Health website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll."

Website description from HealthCare.gov: "It's a website designed to help you take control of your health care - by putting the power of information at your fingertips." From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Also available: CuidadoDeSalud.Gov, a Spanish edition of HealthCare.gov.

See also their glossary of terms and concepts (glosario - en Español).

Other Government Resources
Federal websites:
About the New Health Care Law
Overview and full text of the Affordable Cara Act, the Patient's Bill of Rights, and related topics. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (en Español - PDF)
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Provisions
"The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or health care law, includes new health insurance coverage and financial assistance options, including the Premium Tax Credit, for individuals and families. The IRS will administer the tax provisions included in the law." Includes information for individuals, families, organizations, businesses, employers, and more. From the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Congressional Budget Office (CBO): Affordable Care Act Analyses
"CBO's analyses of the health care legislation considered during the 111th Congress began in early 2009 and continued past the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (which consists of P.L. 111-148 as amended by P.L. 111-152) in March 2010. The agency's work on the act covers a wide range of topics, some related to specific legislative proposals and some with a broader perspective." See also CBO's Health Care page.
Health & Human Services (HHS): How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of New York
See also their list of Affordable Care Act changes in other states.
Medicaid: Affordable Care Act
Includes details about the Act's laws, provisions, and implementation timeline.
Medicare: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare
"Top 5 things to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you have Medicare." From Medicare.gov.
New York State: Federal Health Care Reform Implementation in NYS
"Learn how health care reform will affect you and New York State." Information provided by the NYS Governor.
Full Text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act
Online and downloadable editions of the health laws.
Small Business Administration (SBA): Health Care Reform
"Learn more about how health care reform will benefit your small business, employees and their families."

Also from SBA:
The Affordable Care Act: Dates Every Small Business Owner Should Know
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): Affordable Care Act
Regulations, guidance, and other related information from DOL.
VA, Affordable Care Act, and You
Information for veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
What if Someone Doesn't Have Health Coverage in 2014?
Answers concerning possible fees for uninsured persons. From HealthCare.gov.
The White House: Health Care Reform
An overview of health care reform legislation. Includes information about Medicare and small business owners.
WomensHealth.gov: The Affordable Care Act - Addressing the Unique Health Needs of Women
Infographic illustrating how new health care laws affect health care for women.

*Other Websites about
the Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform
(* Some resources in this section are non-governmental.)
Consumer Advisory: Beware of Potential Affordable Care Act Scams
Alerts from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Consumer Reports: How the New Law Affects You and Your Benefits
Includes two publications: "Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now" and "The Affordable Care Act: What You and Your Family Need to Know"
HealthLawHelper
"We've created the Health Law Helper to give consumers accurate and unbiased information about this complex new law and how it affects them. HealthLawHelper is an informational tool designed for individual consumers. It incorporates the best information Consumer Reports has about the federal healthcare law's impact on consumers." From Consumer Reports.
Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform
News, statistics, and other topics including:
For Consumers: Understanding Health Reform
Includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Estimate Your Health Reform Subsidy
"Plug in your income, family size, age and tobacco usage into our subsidy calculator to get a rough estimate of how the Affordable Care Act might impact you financially."
Health Reform Implementation Timeline
State Health Facts
Choose by category (e.g. Demographics, Health Costs, Health Insurance, Budgets, Providers) or by state.
State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles
"Up-to-date state profiles give an in-depth look at each state's progress in setting up health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges."
The New York Times: Health Care, Health Insurance, Health Reform News
Supreme Court Opinion on Health Care Law (June 28, 2012)
Thrall's Health and Wellness blog post on the Supreme Court's ruling along with related resources and media coverage.
See also:

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Health Law
Health Care Reform
Affordable Care Act.
Law by Topic: Health
Middletown Thrall Library's directory of legal resources.
See also: Health Care Reform


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Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice - Accidents and Injuries
Definition and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). From Findlaw.com.
New York Times: Medical Malpractice News
New York State Department of Health: Professional Medical Conduct and Physician Discipline, Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC)
Sections include: Search for a Disciplined Physician, Details, Instructions and Tips on Searching for a Disciplined Physician, File a Complaint.

See also: Physicians, Doctors, Medical Specialists and Law: Health.


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Nursing
Discover Nursing
An introduction to the field of nursing. Sections include: Profiles in Nursing, Nursing Students, Nurses With Disabilities, Men in Nursing, Minorities in Nursing, Nursing: The Basics, Nursing as a Second Career, Nursing Organizations, Nursing Careers, Nursing School Accreditation, Job Opportunities, Ask A Nurse, Nursing Scholarship Search, Nursing Program Search, Preparing for Nursing School, Nursing Programs Without Waiting Lists, and Nursing Resources (a directory of nursing websites). Information provided by Johnson & Johnson.
Registered Nurses
Information about the nature of the job of nursing, as well as other considerations, such as training, qualifications, licensing and certification, and advancement. From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


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Occupational Health
Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
"The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides data on illnesses and injuries on the job and data on worker fatalities." From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA)
"OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health."


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Patients
Patient Rights & Privacy
Patient's Bill of Rights
Information about The Affordable Care Act and patient rights. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Patient's Rights
Overview and related information provided by MedlinePlus.
Patients' Rights in New York State
From New York State Department of Health.
Protecting Your Privacy and Security
Topics include: Your Health Information Rights, Accessing Your Health Information: Your Rights and Your Provider's Responsibilities, Your Health Information Privacy, Your Health Information Security, What You Can Do to Protect Your Health Information. From HealthIT.gov.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Office for Civil Rights
"Federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and health information privacy. Civil Rights help to protect you from unfair treatment or discrimination, because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion. Federal laws also provide conscience protections for health care providers."
Understanding Health Information Privacy
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Patient Safety
Patient Safety: Exploring Quality of Care in the U.S.
"More than 1 million patients suffer harm each year while being treated in the U.S. health care system. Even more receive substandard care or costly overtreatment. Our ongoing investigation of patient safety features in-depth reporting, discussion and tools for patients." From ProPublica, "an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest."
Patient Safety Center
From New York State Department of Health.


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Public Health
ABCs to Public Health
"The website, ABCs to Public Health, was created by CDC scientists and public health experts and contains five teaching portals - one each for elementary, middle school, high school, college and teachers. Each portal hosts a wide range of information to web links and videos on laboratory science. This new educational tool will: 1.Raise awareness about the world of laboratory science for both students and teachers. 2.Stimulate interest in students on the variety of laboratory science career opportunities available to them. 3.Provide teachers with resources to introduce more laboratory science topics and discussion in the classrooms." From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
American Medical Association (AMA): Public Health
Sections include: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Eliminating Health Disparities, General Resources Health Care Professionals, Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, Vaccination Resources.
American Public Health Association (APHA)
"The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872." Sections include: Careers, News, Public Health Links, Blogs and Podcasts.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Health issues, outbreaks, pandemic issues, U.S. Government health and travel alerts and advisories, and more.
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The European Union's public health awareness and investigation website.
GovSites: Health
Government agency websites concerning public health issues, programs, and news. Directory from Middletown Thrall Library.
Health Map: Global Disease Alert Map
"HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health." Also available in Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.
Masters in Public Health
Annotated links to Masters in Public Health programs throughout the United States. Also includes annotated links to blogs of interest to people in the public health field.
New York State Department of Health
Public health issues and news of interest to New York residents. See also New York City's Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene website.
New York State Government: Public Health Forum
Sections include: New York State Health Rules and Regulations, Health Employment Opportunities, Public Health Law in NYS, and Public Notices.
New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA)
"(NYSPHA) is a statewide professional organization actively serving New Yorkers, our members, and the public health profession through our efforts and activities." Sections include: What is Public Health, Get Ready for Flu!, Training Net, Advocacy, Employment Opportunities.
Orange County, New York Department of Health
Public health issues and news of interest to Middletown, NY and other local area residents.
Pandemic Issues
News and information on AIDS/HIV, swine flu, avian influenza (bird flu) and other potential pandemic / epidemic awareness topics. From Middletown Thrall Library's Special Coverage Center.
World Health Organization
International public health issues and news.


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Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
"Founded in 1972, AOSSM is an international organization of orthopaedic surgeons and other allied health professionals dedicated to sports medicine."
Sports Fitness
Definition, overview, news, and more. From MedlinePlus.
Sports Injuries and Prevention
Articles and overviews of athletic injury symptoms, preventative sports equipment and accessories, and safety measures. Provided by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Sports Injuries
Definition, overview, news, and more. From MedlinePlus.
Sports Medicine
Injuries, Training, Sport Smarts, 10 Tips for Safe Workouts, Exercises, The Most Common Sports Injuries, Sports Nutrition Basics, Body Composition, Body Fat. From About.com.
Sports Safety
Definition, overview, news, and more. From MedlinePlus.
STOP Sports Injuries: Sports Specific Injury Information
"The comprehensive public outreach program focuses on the importance of sports safety-specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child's athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity. Our message underscores the problems of overuse and trauma and emphasizes the expertise of our coalition of experts." Topics include: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Inline Skating, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rowing, Rugby, Running, Skiing and Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.


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